Cambodia, Thailand To Promote Connectivity and Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to boost their road, rail, air and maritime connectivity and bilateral trade, said a press release of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the outcome of Senior Minister H.E. Prak Sokhonn's visit to Thailand, issued on June 21.

For roadway connectivity, both sides agreed to push for the opening of Stung Bat international border gate, upgrade four border checkpoints (Anses, Phnom Dei, Thmar Da and Chup Koki) into international border gates, speed up the examination process of O' Neang gate for mine clearance and opening after that of Stung Bat border gate, it pointed out.

Regarding the railway connectivity, the two sides will do their best to launch the rail transport from Bangkok to Phnom Penh at the end of this year, said the press release, adding that for maritime connectivity, they will fuel the Thailand-Cambodia-Viet Nam coast connection project for tourist and goods transport between the three countries.

In addition, both sides agreed to boost the two-way trade at the border so as to reach their countries' target of tripling their bilateral trade up to US$15 billion by 2020, it said.

According to the press release, the discussions also focused on the fight against crimes along the common border, including illegal logging, human trafficking, and cross-border crimes; Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand; cooperation on sectors of tourism, culture, energy, education, health and agriculture; as well as the creation of a hotline between Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers to solve urgent issues.

H.E. Prak Sokhonn, also Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, paid an introductory visit to Thailand on June 19-20, at the invitation of his Thai counterpart H.E. Don Pramudwinai. During his two-day stay in the country, H.E. Prak Sokhonn paid a courtesy call on H.E. Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, and held a bilateral talk with H.E. Don Pramudwinai.

Besides, the Cambodian top diplomat met with 140 Cambodian students pursuing their studies at different universities in Thailand.

After Thailand, H.E. Prak Sokhonn and his entourage continued their visit to Viet Nam from June 21 to 23, at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam H.E. Pham Binh Minh.

Source: AKP